Category Archives: reviews

On September 10, 2012, we will officially publish Stephen Wade’s book The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience, which reveals the backstories of thirteen iconic Library of Congress field recordings that are part of the … Continue reading

The June 29, 2012, issue of The Times Literary Supplement includes an enthusiastic review of Marion Jacobson’s new book Squeeze This!  A Cultural History of the Accordion in America. “Marion Jacobson prefaces her delightful book with a quote from the … Continue reading

The June 22, 2012, edition of the The Chronicle of Higher Education‘s Chronicle Review magazine includes a Nota Bene feature on the Press’ Studies in Sensory History series and Constance Classen’s new book The Deepest Sense: A Cultural History of Touch. … Continue reading

The May 13, 2012, edition of the The Boston Globe includes a review of Mitchell Nathanson’s new book A People’s History of Baseball. “The most enjoyable moment in A People’s History of Baseball comes when Mitchell Nathanson recalls US Representative Newt Gingrich’s … Continue reading

The April 14, 2012 issue of The Wall Street Journal featured a review of Marion Jacobson’s new University of Illinois Press book Squeeze This!  A Cultural History of the Accordion in America. “Wunnerful, wunnerful. Squeeze This! A Cultural History of the … Continue reading

Sean Burns’s recent biography of folklorist Archie Green is the subject of an extended review in Daily Yonder. “Fascinating and insightful. . . . Burns provides an absorbing account of Archie’s experience in student politics in the early Depression years. For … Continue reading

The February 18, 2012, issue of the The Wall Street Journal features a review of John Caps’s new book Henry Mancini: Reinventing Film Music. “As a composer of scores for television and films, Mancini wrote hit title tracks for shows such as … Continue reading

The Turner Classic Movies site has published a sparkling review of John Caps’s forthcoming book Henry Mancini: Reinventing Film Music. “Caps traces Mancini’s collaborations with important directors and shows how he homed in on specific dramatic or comic aspects of the … Continue reading

In a January 23, 2012, New York Times Opinionator column on digital humanities, Stanley Fish explores Stephen Ramsay’s new book Reading Machines: Toward an Algorithmic Criticism. “At times [Ramsay] argues that however alien algorithmic criticism may seem, it is really a … Continue reading

In December 2011 we published Steven Tracy’s edited volume Writers of the Black Chicago Renaissance, which covers a vast collection of subjects, including many important writers such as Richard Wright, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Lorraine Hansberry as well as cultural products … Continue reading